Reflections Week of 1/8/17

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.

Read Deuteronomy 28 (Wednesday 1.11)

Have you ever heard someone say, “I deserve this; God owes me this”?

It’s usually just before a selfish move or an unholy act.

We have this understanding of God that He is so loving, so gracious, that He…owes us something?

But when you look back over Deuteronomy, over so much of the Old Testament, we see that it cannot be the case. It took about 27 chapters of laws and rules to get to Chapter 28, where the blessings of the Lord are outlined. But wait: It’s only half the chapter, because in verse 15 we jump right back into the ways our unrighteousness is causation for curses.

Reminder: This passage is meant for the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t meant for you and I, the Gentile. We are no longer held to this law, but we are measured by it. In Galatians 3:10, Paul uses this passage to show that literally everyone is sinful.

What I’m getting at here is that we are all sinful. We do not deserve blessings from God; we do not deserve God. But He keeps doing this thing where He says “You are always going to fail me, but I am always going to love you.” Some days I feel like I cannot stop sinning. Be it speeding or thinking an unkind thought or whatever else. God is aware of all of the opportunities we take to sin. And yet God has still called us to Himself.

For Reflection: When was the last time you were honest with God about the motivation of your obedience? Why not try talking to him about that today.

Read Deuteronomy 32-33 (1.13-14 Friday-Saturday)

Have you thought recently about how much poetry there is in Scripture? I often consider the historical side of the Bible, with all of its letters and accounts. But then I come to places like the end of Deuteronomy where Moses ends this heavy book of law with two beautiful songs of praise– and I am awestruck.

I like to imagine that Moses felt so heavily the weight of the law and was so very overwhelmed with the goodness and righteousness of our God that he collapsed into a time of writing for the joy of it, because the need to praise was real. And, for a writer who loves their God, it is not surprising that this incredible love song flowed from his pen.

Did you know that this is the first time in Scripture that God is called a “Rock”? To us that seems like a standard description, found on mugs and t-shirts. But this is the first time, at least in writing, that these words were spoken of Him. He is permanent, He is constant, He is unwavering. He is a firm foundation that we might stand on all of our days and never lose our footing. Moses could have said that straight out, but instead he described God as a rock. He said what He felt about God based on what he knew was true of God. He used his gift of writing that God had given him to write the law, then he used his gift of writing to turn it into poetry.

For Reflection: Try to think of a new way to describe God that is special to you. What represents His role in your life?

Reflections Written by Liz Doogan  

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